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Strategic Plan

For more than 70 years, the Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) has served people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing.

Since it was founded in 1940, CHS has tried to meet the needs of all the communities it serves. As an advocate, CHS has pressed for accessibility in workplaces, health care and education. As a service provider, CHS has been a one-stop-shop for a wide range of services.

Besides being the largest Canadian provider of services that remove barriers to communication, advance hearing health, and promote equity for people who are culturally Deaf, oral deaf, deafened and hard of hearing, CHS has promoted internal equity. The majority of its governing Board of Directors is deaf, deafened or hard of hearing, as are 39% of its employees.

Despite widespread reductions in government funding for social services and continuing economic pressures, CHS has been able to maintain or expand most of its services. This has been achieved through a combination of government advocacy and increased management efficiencies.

"I think that CHS tries to reach out to the WHOLE Community and its allies, trying to provide as many services as possible in the most appropriate and successful way." -- Consumer survey

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